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House of Dawgs
A Chicago-style expansion, and a special night at La Merenda.

Man’s Best Friend

Another Dawg is in the works. Glendale’s source of all things bun-filled, Dr. Dawg (6969 N. Port Washington Rd.), is getting a sibling. Location numero dos is slated for a January 2012 opening in Greenfield (at a former Hooters, 7700 W. Layton Blvd.). The operation offers a range of Chicago-style Vienna beef dogs (jumbo Wagyu beef dogs, too), Polish sausage, Italian beef, char-grilled burgers made from Niman Ranch beef, all topped as you like them. The Dr. Dawg-to-be will offer these sandwich choices and more. For liquids, there will be wine and beer. The 4,000-square-foot space will have a larger dining room and a private party/meeting room. But you won’t have to go inside at all. In addition to building a patio, the powers-that-serve-dogs are putting in a drive-thru with “convenient car-hop service,” per the Dawg’s press release. In the meanwhile, if you’re jones-ing for a dawg, head to the Glendale location, open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sunshine State
Think “South Florida.” What comes to mind? Orchids, spring break, key lime pie. Something’s missing – James Beard Award-winning chef Norman Van Aken, owner of Norman’s at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando. Van Aken’s the big cheese in Floridian cuisine. His son Justin, also a chef, collaborated with his father on the cookbook My Key West Kitchen. The Van Akens are coming to Milwaukee next month in support of their book. One stop is Nov. 12 at La Merenda, where owner Peter Sandroni, his staff and a few guest chefs -- Sanford's Justin Aprahamian and former Dream Dance honcho Jason Gorman -- are planning a five-course Key West-themed meal with wines from Square Peg and Purple Feet. Interested? Get on it. Call 414-389-0125 for reservations. (125 E. National Ave.) Cost per person will be in the $90 range. The father and son will also be at Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St.) the day before the La Merenda dinner. It's a combination book-signing/cooking demo. Sunday Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m. Call 414-336-1111 to register.

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